Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000

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Photo of SABERG
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle date smudged out into the. test glass
A - Beautiful summer straw color, aggressively carbonated leading
S - lots of fruit, pineapple, guava, oronge and some onion,
T - Sweet malts, nice tropical structure, following the nose well
M - Medium body, sweet Start, excellent dry finish.
O - This was a surprise gift, so hlad to have experienced such a wonderful APA.
The water profile is a bit hard, and adds to the offering g

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Photo of adipilla8708
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For what is meant to be a Pale Ale, this pours way too amber, and with a head that is about 2 fingers. The aroma is floral but what I'm getting primarily is a malty sweetness. The taste is similarly malty with a faint late bitterness and some floral notes in the aftertaste. Not a bad beer but it tastes more like what I expect from a not so terribly fresh English Pale Ale and not an APA.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 3-week-old bottle, pours a slightly chill-hazed deep copper. Two fingers of off-white foam. Fat rings of lacing. Smell is malty sweetness offset with grapefruity citrus. Taste is the same. Feel is spot on for the style. This beer is probably considered kind of old-school these days, but it's very tasty, super clean and extremely well done.

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Photo of Casey3236
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chriswjr
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours hazy red amber with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells sweet and floral with toasted bready caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, orange citrus, grapefruit, berry, candied papaya, with floral resinous spicy earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like orange citrus, grapefruit, berry, candied papaya, toasted bready caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, with floral resinous spicy earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice balanced pale ale.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 32 oz growler (growlette?) purchased at the Nova, into an Spieglau IPA glass...because there's no way that this isn't an IPA. Pours a clear deep rusty carmel amber, with 1 finger of off-white head and good retention. On the nose, this actually reminds me of a lot of a number of oldish school ipas from the PNW: caramel (almost candied carmel) and biscuity malts with some resinous pine, candied grapefruit peel, and just a little faint spice. The taste carries the nose forward, providing a little more of the spicy and earthy hoppiness, especially at the end. It is very well constructed and everything fits together great. For all the serious flavor and hoppy heft, this one is also quite smooth. Even though there is a great deal of bitterness that always feels right around the corner, it never really fact, with the biscuity malts, there's also something kind of like honey in there that really mellows it out in places, while at the same time balancing that with some spicy and green herbal notes. Though it is fairly substantial in feel, it isn't too heavy or boozy. A little sticky sweet in the middle, but dries out decently by the end, and finishes clean.

Always nice to find this one, even if I have to cross a state line or two...can't believe I haven't rated it before. The more I think about it, the more this one kind of reminds me of a Boneyard beer, which is probably the last really nice, really memorable beer-in-style I've had. Now that would be a fun side-by-side.

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Photo of Sanchezrox23
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wjbent
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacMalt
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draught at a pub in Cincinnati. 16 oz. pour served in a pint glass. It pours a beautiful, rich amber with a finger of light beige head and thick lacing that coated the glass and never dissipated. It's a very attractive pour. The nose features grapefruit, caramel malt, pine needles, and floral hops. It's a pleasing - but not overwhelming - aroma. The taste is magnificent: a solid base of caramel malt and some subtle sweet fruit notes balance the pine and earthy hops. The favors compliment each other very well. This ale is medium-bodied and fairly creamy with pleasant carbonation and is easily drinkable with a temperate ABV of 6.66% Overall, this is a stellar APA that absolutely merits its lofty rating. I'm very pleased to have finally experienced this gem of a beer.

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Photo of breardon1776
2.62/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Chris585
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought I reviewed this one before.

Old school Pale Ale, really an IPA. Soft pine and great malt combo with a hint of grapefruit in the end. Three Floyds yeast is the character here with good feel overall. I haven’t had this in a few years but I’m glad I grabbed some again. Great beer. Doesn’t get old. I like the fruity iPas but they can wear down the palate. Alpha King is refreshing. It’s a solid 4 beer

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Relatively fresh, 7/17. Bee honey color with a buttery popcorn colored head. 10% transparency.

Aromas of sweet grapefruit, tangerine, and orange pith. Very sweet, candy like. Some floral notes.

My initial remark is that it's very bitter, very resiny, with an overwhelming hop presence. Almost all pine/resin. Slight insect repellent. Extremely earthy, with herbal and very faint mild citrus/grapefruit notes. Honey in the background. Bitterness is off the charts for an APA. Lingering palate scrubbing pine bitterness with some earthy scrubs in there as well.

Feel is resiny, oily, and mildly carbonated.

Overall, definitely respectable but WAY OFF THE CHARTS bitter for an AMERICAN pale ale. A IIPA, maybe, but this is out of style with how bitter and resinous it is. Perhaps its cleanliness is reminiscent of the american pale ale title, but I've had double IPA's that weren't this oily or bitter. It's for sure an earthy and herbal IPA. A lot of folks like it and that's understandable, but it's really rough for my tastes. I'll take another Zombie Dust please (if and when I can ever find it). Definitely for the piney hop heads though, have at it.

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Photo of HollandTunnels
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayGarrison
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jcooper0027
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbm
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased 8/15/17 at brewery. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 3F head with good retention, lots of lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a very deep clear amber color.

S: Caramel malts and some grapefruit-like bitter citrus. Earthiness.

T: Generally follows nose. The caramel malts predominate, but the bitter hops have their say on the finish.

F: Medium-ish body. Moderate carbonation. Construction is good, balance I guess could be a tad better as bitterness pretty pronounced. Still quite drinkable.

O: LOL on the ABV, of course. It's good, but I guess not my favorite way to do an APA.

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Photo of Frankenmonkey81
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Holderness
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10 weeks ago.

L -- Pours a moderately turbid tawny color with an average-sized off-white head that retains minimally and laces fairly well
S -- Herbaceous and earthy upfront. Some citrus flesh, lemon peel, pine, and citra rubberiness
T -- Grass, earth, pine, light biscuit malts, and a touch of caramel. Not really getting any fruitiness, which may be due to the age of the bottle
F -- Nice and crisp, much like Zombie Dust. The hop bitterness is definitely there, but doesn't overwhelm. Medium+ carb, medium mouthfeel
O -- Not getting the hype on this one. Pretty standard west-coasty pale ale that is judiciously hopped but lacks the brightness of what's coming out of the northeast these days


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Photo of Moe_Zambeek
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice very drinkable ale.

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Photo of farmerjohn251
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 6,562 ratings
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